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Leonie Barrie

Leonie BarrieBiography

Leonie Barrie joined just-style as managing editor 14 years ago, and during that time has been instrumental in steering the site's editorial content and direction. Under her leadership, just-style has raised its profile internationally, and today boasts a team of contributors around the world who provide a unique blend of up-to-the-minute news, research and analysis on the apparel and footwear industry and its supply chain.

An experienced business journalist with a background in fashion and textiles, Leonie has written extensively about global sourcing and production, technology, emerging markets, as well as retail, brand and marketing strategies. She has also interviewed industry leaders across the globe. As managing editor Leonie has travelled around the world to gain first-hand experience of the industry in various countries, and continues to deliver keynote speeches, chair roundtable and panel sessions at conferences, and write about the international apparel industry and the challenges and opportunities it faces. 

Columns by Leonie Barrie


just-style editor Leonie Barrie shares her thoughts on some of the top stories in the news.

Articles by Leonie Barrie

T-shirts are among the fastest-growing categories exported through London's Heathrow airportT-shirt exports from Heathrow up 62% on last year 27 November 2015

Around 3,640 tonnes of T-shirts and similar knitted garments are shipped through London’s Heathrow airport, making this one of the top exports by weight and one of the fastest-growing categories.

MEPs reject plan to recycle toxic plastics into footwear 27 November 2015

Proposals to allow the recycling of plastics that contain the banned softener diethylhexyl phthalate (DHEP) into soft PVC items such as footwear, have been rejected by the European Parliament.

Mammut Sports Group has deployed Dassault Systèmes’ ‘My Collection’ for a single, digital view of product development processesMammut enhances product development and planning 27 November 2015

International outdoor apparel and equipment manufacturer Mammut Sports Group is deploying a digital solution to streamline collection planning and control brand identity.

My Retail Theatre from Dassault Systèmes offers a personalised product and purchase experience3D tool uses product development data to shake up shopping 26 November 2015

A just-launched 3D tool enables retailers to leverage product development data to offer what is said to be "the ultimate personalised purchase experience" across all channels – from digital ‘look books’ and catalogues to e-commerce shops or interactive in-store concepts.

The world market for smart clothing is projected to reach $600m by 2020US commerce department backs first Smart Fabrics Summit 26 November 2015

The Obama administration is to jointly host the first-ever Smart Fabrics Summit in the US next year, in a bid to spur new developments in the sector and encourage the creation of more US manufacturing jobs.

US and Bangladesh discuss worker rights and safety 26 November 2015

The second annual meeting of a forum set up to expand bilateral trade and investment between the US and Bangladesh has focused on issues including Bangladeshi efforts to improve worker safety and worker rights – seen as key to helping restore preferential tariffs for exports from the Asian country.

Golden Lady is the patent-owner and producer of the new NerinoG fibreGolden Lady creates a new man-made fibre 25 November 2015

Italian hosiery, underwear and swimwear specialist Golden Lady has collaborated in a EUR5m (US$5.3m) research project that will see it introduce a new man-made fibre to the market.

World Bank urged to stop Uzbekistan loans over cotton labour 25 November 2015

Groups including those representing global apparel retailers and importers, are urging the World Bank to suspend loans to Uzbekistan over concerns about the use of forced labour in this autumn’s cotton harvest.

Exports of clothing from the Philippines to the EU rose 12.5% year-on-year in 2014EU and Philippines to begin free trade talks 25 November 2015

The European Union (EU) and the Philippines are to start talks on a free-trade agreement, in an attempt to boost trade and investment.

Testing and record-keeping on children's sleepwear flammability safety standards is time-consuming for manufacturersCPSC reviewing information collection on sleepwear 25 November 2015

The US Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) is seeking comments on plans to extend the collection of information on children's sleepwear flammability standards – a burden estimated to cost manufacturers and importers a total of 207,000 hours a year.

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